DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Inc. and Charter Communications Inc., taking a page from Aereo Inc., are considering capturing free broadcast-TV signals to avoid paying billions of dollars in so-called retransmission fees, said people with knowledge of the deliberations.
Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt said CBS Corp. has been “uncompromising” in their negotiations to agree on new terms for program rights and in a statement yesterday called for them to return to talks.
At least seven bidders are said to be interested in acquiring Hulu LLC, and their divergent motivations in pursuing the deal could end up radically altering the strategy of the online-television service.
With AMC Networks Inc.’s ability to persuade cable- and satellite-TV companies to carry its channels under threat, there’s never been a better time for the controlling Dolan family to sell the business.
Time Warner Cable Inc.’s blackout of CBS Corp. networks entered its third day, cutting off audiences in the largest TV markets from seeing tonight’s “Under the Dome,” the highest-rated scripted series of the summer.
Time Warner Cable Inc., which blacked out CBS Corp.’s networks on its cable system last week after a breakdown in negotiations, said it’s willing to resolve the dispute by offering CBS’s channels on an a-la-carte basis.
CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves rejected a Time Warner Cable Inc. proposal to offer his channels a la carte on cable TV as “a public relations gesture,” escalating a dispute that led to a blackout.